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Waterfront Real Estate Boom: Adirondack Development Series, Part 2

One of the great myths of the Adirondack Park is that state zoning laws restrict or at least shape most development on private land. In fact, much of the real estate boom of the last decade has taken place on shorelines. Thousands of homes have been built in lakefront areas that are largely exempt from Park Agency control. As Brian Mann reports, critics of the zoning plan say the result has been a disaster for lakes and ponds.  Go to full article

State Looks Outside Adirondacks For Input on Park Management

The Department of Environmental Conservation is pushing hard to finish a series of "unit management plans." These are documents that will shape the use of state lands in the Adirondacks for years to come. As part of the process, the DEC is holding public meetings outside the Park, in places like Long Island and New York City. Brian Mann traveled to a session last night in Albany. He found that people who visit the Adirondacks are deeply divided over how the park should be used--much like the people who live in the region.  Go to full article

DEC and APA Hold Hearing on Brighton Gravel Mine

The Department of Environmental Conservation and the Adirondack Park Agency will hold a joint public hearing today to give the public a chance to express concerns about a proposed gravel mine in the Town of Brighton, in Franklin County. The mine is to be located on a 129-acre parcel near Jones Hill, and would require permits from both regulatory agencies. There's been much local concern about the planned mine, with the APA receiving nearly 65 letters from area residents about the potential impacts on local wildlife, the watershed, and the tourism industry. Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article

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